Maria del Mar Bonet - La balanguera (English translation)

English translation

The Moira

The mysterious Moira,
Like a spider versed in subtle arts,
Empties her distaff time and time again,
Creating the threads for our lives.
 
Like one of the Parcae, she is deep in thought
As she weaves tomorrow's fabric:
The Moira spins and spins,
The Moira shall keep spinning.
 
Like one of the Parcae, she is deep in thought
As she weaves tomorrow's fabric:
The Moira spins and spins,
The Moira shall keep spinning.
 
Turning her sight back
She looks into the shadows of the past
And finds out where next Spring's
Seed, lies hidden.
 
She knows that a tree grows taller
The deeper its roots can go:
The Moira spins and spins,
The Moira shall keep spinning.
 
She knows that a tree grows taller
The deeper its roots can go:
The Moira spins and spins,
The Moira shall keep spinning.
 
Out of old traditions and brand new hopes
She weaves the flag of tomorrow's youth,
As one who would weave a bridal veil
With gold and silver hairs.
 
For childhood, which is rising,
For old age, which is fading,
The Moira spins and spins,
The Moira shall keep spinning.
 
For childhood, which is rising,
For old age, which is fading,
The Moira spins and spins,
The Moira shall keep spinning.
 
Submitted by Metodius on Thu, 05/10/2017 - 22:25
Last edited by Metodius on Mon, 09/10/2017 - 11:44
Author's comments:

La Balanguera is the Balearic Islands' hymn, and while the words itself is of French origin (boulangère - the female form for 'baker'), no such word is used in Catalan, and it appears to have been transferred into Majorcan lore as a Fate of some sort, as is implied by Joan Alcover's original poem.

Hence, I have chosen the title Moira (the Fates in Greek were the Moirae), as it is the closest and most adequate approximation. Furthermore, this would be supported by the inclusion of the word Parca in the ninth line of the poem, as the Parcae were the Roman version of the Moirae.

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